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Blissfield youth defends tapping of maple trees

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield youth defends tapping of maple trees

By Melissa Burnor

Cade Hayford said he was a little surprised when he read in The Advance a few weeks ago that the village of Blissfield had amended an ordinance prohibiting the tapping of maple trees in the village right-of-way to collect sap for syrup.

The Blissfield Middle School eighth-grade student said making maple syrup is a hobby of his and  the maple trees in front of his North Monroe Street Home are just two of approximately 40 — the rest on private property — that he utilizes to make maple syrup for friends and family in late winter. Hayford, spoke to the Blissfield village council May 20 giving another side to the issue.

Council had amended the ordinance after information brought to them by council member Mike Gunter said that tapping the trees damaged the trees and because of the proximity to … Read More »


Blissfield villagers offered swimming option in wake of closed pool

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield villagers offered swimming option in wake of closed pool

With the village’s decision to close the Gail Giles Memorial Pool this summer, an agreement with The Centre on the campus of Lenawee Christian Schools in Adrian has been reached to give Blissfield village residents an alternative for swimming this season.

Blissfield village president A. Ray Jones said The Centre will offer a discounted daily rate for village residents at $4 a day. The normal rate is $6 a day.

“This agreement has been reached due to the village pool being out of commission for the coming summer session,” Jones said. The special Blissfield program went into effect May 6 and will run through Sept. 30. The daily fee includes access to the swimming and other facilities.


All quiet at Blissfield Schools after ‘May 5’ post

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on All quiet at Blissfield Schools after ‘May 5’ post

By Melissa Burnor

A couple of notes posted last Wednesday at Blissfield High School with the date “May 5” on them led to some speculation on their meaning by students which resulted in a police investigation that afternoon to ensure there were no threats against the school.

According to a release from the Blissfield Village Police, some students began speculating that there was going to be a school shooting Thursday, May 5. The notes that were allegedly posted out of the view of any surveillance cameras on the premises had no other markings.

Officers from the Blissfield Police Department, Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police with assistance of the Blissfield School District, conducted interviews on the evening of May 4 and concluded that only rumor was being circulated around the student body and there was no merit for a credible … Read More »


A & B, Old Road Dinner Train celebrate 25th year of ownership

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on A & B, Old Road Dinner Train celebrate 25th year of ownership

By Melissa Burnor

The Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road is marking its 25th anniversary under the same ownership this weekend. The A & B and The Old Road Dinner Train are the latest in the 180-year history train history along the stretch of track between Riga and Adrian. The short-line rail company operates both freight trains on the short rail 20-mile track between Riga and Adrian as well as four other Michigan railroads in southern Michigan.

To celebrate the occasion there will be an anniversary party of sorts from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. A ribbon cutting ceremony with some of the village dignitaries and others takes place at 9:30 a.m. There will be train rides starting at 10:30 a.m. for $3 per person.

For the complete story, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of  The Advance.


Blissfield Schools to have police presence after mysterious poster spurred rumor

Posted on May 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Schools to have police presence after mysterious poster spurred rumor

By Melissa Burnor
Officials say at this time there is no apparent threat against Blissfield Schools or its students however, police will have a presence at the school for the remainder of the week.  Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf said a paper was posted on a wall at the school that was discovered early Wednesday with “May 5” written on it.

According to a release from the police department Wednesday evening,  students began speculating that its meaning could be a possible school shooting. Officers from the Blissfield Police Department, along with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police assisted by school officials conducted several interviews Wednesday evening and determined this to be a rumor only and did not merit a credible threat. 

Police plan to use caution, the release said, and a uniform police presence will be visible at the school for the remainder … Read More »


Tuttle coaches Royals to his 1200th career win

Posted on May 4th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Tuttle coaches Royals to his 1200th career win

Blissfield High School baseball head Coach Larry Tuttle reached yet another milestone in his storied career Wednesday, May 4, as his Royals men presented him by his 1200th win as they notched a 16-5 victory over Ottawa Hills, Ohio, on the road.

For more on the achievement, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of The Advance.


Lenawee County approves 911 measure

Posted on May 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Lenawee County approves 911 measure

With all precincts now reporting, the Lenawee County 911 surcharge proposal on Tuesday, May 3, was approved by county voters, 5886-3060.


Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

OGDEN — A joint road project on Thompson Highway with Riga Township was approved by the Ogden Township board in an April 19 special meeting held for the purpose of considering road projects. The hot patching project on Thompson Highway from Weston Road to the Ohio State Line would cost a total of $16,858.15 per numbers from the Lenawee County Road Commission. Being a joint project, the cost of the project would be split in half, with an estimated $8,429.08 to Ogden Township and the same to be paid by Riga.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Voters in Monroe and Lenawee counties will each have a separate ballot proposal to vote on May 3. Lenawee County residents will be asked to approve a measure that will raise the 911 surcharge on phone lines from $1.18 per line to $3 per phone line. Monroe County voters have a regional enhancement millage renewal for the Monroe Intermediate School District of .9866 mills.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

Posted on April 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

By Melissa Burnor

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Advance – April 13 – has the wrong filing deadline in the story and in the headline. The filing deadline is definitely April 19. We regret the error.)

With a few days left until the deadline for filing a petition to run for local and state offices, very few local races have yet to materialize. The deadline for filing to seek township, county and some state offices is 4 p.m. April 19. All township board seats are up for grabs as well as the county jobs such as sheriff, prosecuting attorney, treasurer, clerk, surveyor, drain commissioner and county commission seats. The only county races so far that appear to be in the making are a primary race for Lenawee County Prosecutor and a race for the District 4 county commission seat that includes Madison Township. … Read More »



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